No. 36 California Heads to Arizona for Pac-10 Play
March 29, 2005
WHAT'S ON TAP: The No. 36 Golden Bears (7-8 overall, 1-1 Pac-10) wrap up a six-game road trip with a pair of matches in Arizona. Cal will take on No. 47 Arizona Friday, April 1 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center at 1:30 p.m., then face No. 38 Arizona State Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Arizona (7-8 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) boasts the No. 15 doubles team of Colin O'Grady and Roger Matlonga, who is also ranked No. 47 in singles. The Wildcats are coached by Bill Wright (18th season, 159-223) ... Arizona State (6-9 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) holds an impressive 60-25 (.706) overall dual record at home at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils are coached by Lou Belken (23rd season, 268-269).
LAST WEEK'S ACTION: The Cal men's tennis team opened Pac-10 Conference play Friday, March 18, with a 6-1 victory over Oregon at the Ducks' Student Tennis Center. The Bears opened the match capturing the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. The No. 11 duo of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland defeated Vlad Pino and Arron Spencer on court one, 8-3. Court three saw Lennart Maack and Dean Wallace beating Sven Swinnen and Chris Liao, 8-2. Cal went on to sweep five of six singles matches. No. 19 Niland defeated No. 22 Swinnen in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. No. 56 Maack notched a win on court two, defeating Thomas Bieri after dropping the first set, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4. Senior captain Briaud won on court three in three sets, defeating Manuel Kost, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Sophomore Tyler Browne came out ahead over Pino in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Ken Nakahara tallied a win on court six, where he defeated Chad Wilson in two sets, 6-2, 6-4 ... The Bears weren't as fortunate when they traveled to Seattle on Saturday, March 26, losing to No. 19 Washington, 4-3. The Bears lost the doubles point, but picked up a win on court three. Wallace and Maack teamed up to defeat Andy Kuharzsky and Mike Ricks, 8-6. In singles, the Bears managed to sweep the bottom half of the lineup. Sophomore Daniel Sebescen notched a win on court four, where he defeated Daniel Chu, 6-3; 6-2. Browne won in straight sets, beating Kuharzsky, 6-3; 6-2. Nakahara was victorious on court six, where he defeated Peter Scharler in two sets, 6-4; 6-3.
FRESHMAN SENSATION: Freshman Ken Nakahara is in the midst of quite an impressive debut season for the Bears. The first-year player from Miyazaki, Japan, leads Cal with 18 wins on the year, including a 10-4 mark in dual matches while playing predominantly from courts five and six. Nakahara, who advanced to the Round of 16 at the ITA Regional Championships this fall, opened the spring season with a six-match win streak.
Ranked Bears: New individual rankings will be released April 5, 2005. The latest ITA individual rankings March 22, 2005):SinglesConor Niland - No. 19 (national) No. 8 (west region)Lennart Maack - No. 59 (national)Daniel Sebescen - No. 27 (west region)DoublesPatrick Briaud and Conor Niland - No. 11 (national) No. 8 (west region)
Head Coach Peter Wright: Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter Wright's coaching talent hasn't gone unnoticed. Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2001 and 1997, he received his first coaching award in 1994 when he was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year. Wright and the Bears have been a fixture in the NCAA Tournament almost every year since. The ninth coach in the 110-year history of Cal tennis, Wright has compiled a 149-110 (.576) career record during his tenure in Berkeley. Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as well as the Youth Tennis Advantange and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Foundation of the Bay Area. He established the Bear Trax program at Cal and is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee.